ON YOUR FEET! is the feelgood Gloria Estefan musical which hits London and the UK in 2019!
It’s the inspiring true story about heart, heritage and two people who believed in their talent and each other to become an international sensation – Gloria and Emilio Estefan.
It’s also an incredibly timely story about two immigrants finding ‘home’ in America.
From the second this show begins you’re immediately captivated by the vivacious cast, stunning Live band and a star who drive the entire show – Christie Prades.
This show is LOUD! Arguably too loud in places but it is undoubtedly packed with Latin soul, passion & heart.
This is a musical for the people. The show is not trying to be clever, pretencious or arty. It’s takes the jukebox musical to the next level in much the same way Jersey Boys did with Frankie Valli.
It’s essentially a story of love, hope and tenacity….with fab tunes mixed in.
Gloria Estefan’s hits are utterly compelling and uplifting. Her story is equally as fascinating. This truly is the feel-good show this Summer with some moving moments involving her father and a life changing accident.
Originally directed by Jerry Mitchell with choreography by Sergio Trujillo, ON YOUR FEET! features hits including “Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” “Conga,” “Get On Your Feet,” “Don’t Want To Lose You Now,” “1-2-3” and “Coming Out of the Dark.”
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This show is driven by 3 elements. The ‘Stars’, dancers and band…
George Ioannides is absolutely charming as Emilio and a nice bit of trouser too – or should I say shorts. Although he vocally doesn’t steal the show, his stage presence, moves and charm is utterly believable.
Gloria is played by the stunning Christie Prades who was born to play this role not just vocally but physically too. She’s hot in every sense of the world. The audience loved her! So warm and cute yet sexy, formidable and vocally perfect throughout. A delicious star to watch live!
Together Christie and George created an infectious & utterly believable performance.
Enjoy the standing ovation @ opening night @ Curve:
Nods also to Karen Mann who got big laughs as Grandma – perfect. The kids did a great job too setting up the story. They collectively added the narrative & heart of the show.
If I were to be critical I would suggest the cast got carried away at times and it became a bit shouty and OTT. These are not simple songs…and seemingly every song ends up in the rafters. It became a little repetitive at times.
On Your Feet is joyful though and a rare new musical that creates a unique atmosphere that feels timeless. The finale is one of the best in history due to the scale. I suspect after London it will be impossible to tour this number of people, but we can live in hope.
The band are incredible, the set is simple but clever & the talent is remarkable. The screens were quite brilliant too adding an immersive feel to the production. Choreography was mesmerizing at times and the lighting was excellent. Again, sound was just too loud at times.
The script is tight, packed with great LOL gags for all the family and the show flies along, never getting tired. The key to a great show for sure!
The dancers are sensational, on fire during ensemble numbers, leading to the best finale since Mamma Mia. You’ll be On Your Feet guaranteed!
Review by Alex Belfield for Celebrity Radio 6th June 2019.